West Regional Next For Rebels
Nov. 13, 2009
LAS VEGAS - UNLV women's cross country continues its postseason, competing in the 2009 NCAA West Regional on Saturday at the Springfield Country Club in Eugene, Ore., and hosted by the University of Oregon.
The Rebels will be one of 28 teams in the field from all over the west, with each team allowed seven runners, with the top five accounting for the team score. Among the teams are No. 1 Washington, No. 5 Oregon, No. 14 Stanford, No. 16 Arizona State, Nov. 24 Arizona and No 27 Cal, and the race is scheduled to start at 10:45 a.m. (PT).
UNLV coach Tony Houchin will field of squad of runners that will be made up of senior Bailey Kuestermeyer, junior Lucy Beuster and freshmen Courtney Allen, Lexie Bravo, Ali Motor and Lauren Petersen. It is basically the same group that finished ninth at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Championships, with Kuestermeyer pacing the Rebels at the league meet by placing 31st with a time of 22:57.
"This weekend's meet is the first NCAA Regional championship for everyone on the entire squad," Houchin said. "Despite the team's inexperience, I think we will have a good showing and hopefully end the season on a high note."
The Springfield Country Club is a 6k course that is run entirely on grass and mostly fairways, and the course consists of three relatively flat loops - an outer loop, an inner loop and a finish loop. The outer loop is approximately 2320 meters in length, the inner loop is approximately 2150 meters in length, and the finishing loop is approximately 1350 meters in length.
The top two teams from each of the nine regionals being run this weekend will advance to the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships, which are Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind. There are also an additional 13 at-large bids that will be handed out to student-athletes not on teams that advance to the national meet.